Rex Ryan defended one of his new shiny skill players after Wednesday's OTA Session, backing up new Jets' receiver Eric Decker. Decker, the former Denver Bronco playmaker, missed an OTA Session to go to the CMT Awards to support his wife. Mrs. Decker, Jessie James, is a star in her own right as a musician. Decker came over from Denver, signing a hefty contract over the next five years. The wide receiver will be entering his first season away from the Rocky Mountains, where he spent the past two years catching passes from future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. The transition is drastic but his stardom has only grown. Deciding to skip Wednesday's OTA practice was among the biggest of headlines this week and he received heavy scrutiny for his decision to make the trip to Nashville with his wife.
Decker had the full support of his new head coach. "Well, speaking as a married guy. (I) absolutely recommend that you would go to that." Ryan said. "You ask for their (wives) support, you need to support them too."
Decker supported his wife at the CMT Awards by serving as a presenter with her in Nashville on Wednesday night.
Ryan also reiterated that OTA's are optional and that players do not have to go to the training sessions.
"This is really a voluntary camp," said Gang Green's head coach. "Things like this pop up, this is the time to do it. It's not like it happened during the season, but again certainly we support Eric and things."
Because of his status and his big pay day this offseason, fans and media have scrutinized the absence of Decker from OTAs. However, Ryan went with the family approach in hushing the critics
Now that the CMT Awards are over, and Decker is back from Nashville, expect the newly signed receiver to rejoin the team in OTAs and tear up the turf.